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Global Institute of Logistics and Cirrus Logistics to Conduct Berthing Analysis Study

June 8, 2012

The Global Institute of Logistics and strategic partner Cirrus Logistics have announced details of a collaborative berthing analysis study into the berthing requirements of global ports.

Shipping lines are striving for ever greater savings in fuel consumption; a development that has led to a slowing down of the supply chain and the incorporation of ‘slow steaming’ into maritime supply chain models.

The net result of slow steaming is a need to ‘recapture’ lost time at port, and as such, the attention of shipping lines and ship owners has moved into process improvement. The need to optimise the berthing process is fast becoming a ‘megatrend’; a valuable piece of the pie that is being examined more thoroughly than ever.

Based on its initial research, the Global Institute of Logistics has determined that there is little in the way of IT best practice to support this. Port Authorities are trying to accomplish these efficiencies using standard tools like spread sheet software; a process that falls short of the industry’s increasingly complex demands. Looking across the verticals, however, the Institute has determined that a ‘best of breed’ model exists in the Oil/Gas/Bulk materials sector; a model it believes is transferable into cargo logistics.

Decision support specialists Cirrus Logistics have been invited to join the Institute and share their experience across its network. Cirrus Logistics has extensive experience working with Ports and marine terminals. While their ‘SEABERTH’ software, an operational berth scheduling tool incorporating tactical / strategic simulation capabilities, is principally used in the Oil/Gas/Bulk materials sectors, the Institute believes that this best practice demonstrates all the hallmarks of offering a solution capable of being tailored to a myriad of port berthing requirements and cargo handling operations.

While much feedback the Institute has received to date on berthing is anecdotal, its work with Cirrus Logistics will help determine optimal governance models, what can be learnt from the process, and how this data can be developed into best practice procedures. Through its research, the Institute expects to be able to establish, for the first time, a financial cost model for berthing operations.

The Institute and Cirrus Logistics plan to publish the results of their work as a whitepaper, which will try to examine the key performance indicators on mooring, piloting, towage, and all the areas that comprise modern berthing operations.